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Family planning a personal issue

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Jobs and debt are the biggest challenges facing our country, but abortion and birth control consume a disproportionate amount of discussion among GOP presidential candidates. These family planning issues are personal and uniquely apply to women; they should be decided between a woman, her partner, her religion and her conscience. And why is the GOP Congress similarly consumed by these issues? Our Congress is comprised almost entirely of men. It’s absurd that these men would presume to legislate the rights of our women. Imagine the backlash from a Congress of women who would pass laws prohibiting vasectomies or use of Viagra? I know of no other country where legislating morality is such an obsession. We should leave these topics to the church and one’s conscience, just as our founding fathers did. Ron PAITICH, Auburn